THE proposed skatepark for Hanwell has become a political football after intervention by the Labour Group at Ealing.
The application for the scheme was due to go before Ealing Council's overview and scrutiny committee last night (Thursday).
It is the latest twist in what has been an ongoing saga for the controversial scheme, which has attracted its share of support and criticism.
Opponents of the facility, earmarked for Elthorne Park, say it will act as a magnet for antisocial behaviour and also create noise and disturbance for residents.
But supporters say it will provide a much-needed outlet for the borough's youngsters and give them something to do.
A recent consultation by Ealing Council indicated popular support among residents, but the Labour group at Ealing has called the proposal in for further scrutiny.
Labour leader Julian Bell said: "Labour recognise the need for a skate park in the borough and that a majority of young people have said they want it in Elthorne Park.
"There are however significant local objections that need to be heard before a decision is taken. The Tories are trying to bulldoze this decision through without debate.
"Those for and against should be given the chance to have their say at the council's overview and scrutiny committee."
Councillor Phil Taylor, cabinet member for customer and community services said: "The administration is moving forward with the skatepark and we want to get on with it.
"One of the features of our administration is that we get on with things and it seems strange that the Labour group want to get in the way of something like this.
"This is something which the young people of Ealing have said they want. If people have problems with youngsters playing near them then I'm not going to apologise for that."